We're really fortunate here along the Emerald Coast to have access to excellent schools in both Okaloosa and Walton Counties. There are some hurdles, such as the need for new schools due to increased population, and the constant retrofitting of older buildings, especially in Okaloosa County. There is a big demand for new teachers, with fewer and fewer choosing the profession each year.
The new state law allows parents to choose which school their children will attend, even if it's not in their zoning, or even in their county. Okaloosa County is just one of three "A" rated districts in the entire state, as a result their schools are especially attractive. It's a bit of a balancing act, accounting for a growing local population and the out-of-county students. However, there is a caveat that if the schools are filled to capacity, they can't accept students from out of the district.
Perhaps you're considering a move, but want your child to attend a specific school. Select your desired school district below to view available homes in that market. You can even narrow your search down by specific school.
Okaloosa County School District
Okaloosa County School District is highly rated with a large percentage of "A" rated schools. It consists of 22 Elementary Schools, 12 Middle Schools, and 6 High Schools.
There are several excellent elementary schools including Edwins Fine & Performing Arts School and Kenwood Elementary with its diverse programs in digital media and Aerospace Connections. The Okaloosa STEMM Academy features an advanced curriculum in Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics and Medical. Destin Middle School has achieved A+ rating for 16 years in a row, and in addition to honors and advanced training, features an extensive arts and music program. The Niceville High School offers IT programs with an industry certification, or college credit. Fort Walton Beach High has received an "A+" rating for several years in a row.
Walton County School District
Walton County School District consists of 6 Elementary Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools and the Emerald Coast Technical College. It too is an "A" rated district with excellent schools.
Among some of the more highly rated include Bay Elementary and Van R. Butler Elementary with emphasis on traditional subjects as well as music. Emerald Coast Middle School offers a large selection of sports and special interest groups, band and drama. Seaside Neighborhood school is a public charter school ranked among the top 10 middle schools in Florida.
Also recognized statewide is Seacoast Collegiate High School for its strengths in reading, biology and algebra. Freeport and South Walton High Schools have some of the highest pass rates, EOC, FCAT and AP scores.
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